It’s one rule for British Muslims and another for David Cameron’s friends when it comes to extremists
What exactly is extremism? For most of us, we see it in the rants of radicals such as Anjem Choudhury or the marches of the English Defence League or Pegida.
Last month, the government launched its controversial counter-extremism strategy. It restated the definition of extremism much more broadly as the “vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs”.
Yet, in as many weeks, the very same government rolled out the red carpet for the Chinese President Xi Jinping, whose government is guilty of large-scale human rights abuses. It invited the Egyptian dictator Sisi to Downing Street though he toppled a democratically-elected government and is accused of brutally cracking down on the democratic aspirations of the Arab Spring. And at the same time our government opened a new Royal Navy base in Bahrain, channelling funds into a regime that continues to pursue a policy of sectarianism and anti-democratic despotism.
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